Dr Sarabjit Mastana talks about his research

Dr Sarabjit Mastana discusses his research into genetic analysis of human diseases.

Human Genomic Studies, particularly focusing on genetic epidemiological analyses of rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and osteoporosis among native and migrant populations.

Human population genetic studies; biochemical and morphological variation; genetics of sport performance and endurance; and forensic and paternity analyses.

Current research

  • Genetic and environmental factors affecting the development of type 2 diabetes (T2DM) and heart disease among North Indian populations.
  • Genetic analyses of rheumatoid arthritis among South Asians and Caucasians in the East Midlands.
  • Analysis of human genomic variation among Indian populations using mtDNA, STRs, Alu and SNPs
  • Development of new laboratory and statistical methods.

Journal Activity

  • Editor-in-Chief: Internet Journal of Forensic Sciences.
  • Editorial Board: International Journal of Human Genetics
  • Editorial Board: Journal of Biological Anthropology

Journal Referee

  • American Journal of Human Biology
  • American Journal of Physical Anthropology
  • Annals of Human Biology
  • Anthropological Science
  • Archives of Medical Research
  • Human Biology
  • Gerontology
  • International Journal of Cardiology
  • Tissue Antigens 
  • BMC Genetics
  • BMC Medical genetics
  • Human genetics
  • Medical Genomics
  • Journal of Postgraduate Medicine

Learned Societies and Professional Affiliations

  • Society for the Study of Human Biology
  • American Society of Human Genetics
  • Forensic Science Society (UK)
  • International Society of Forensic Genetics
  • Indian Society of Human Genetics

Collaborative Research

  • Dr A. Samanta (UHL, Leicester, UK): Genetic susceptibility to RA among South Asians and Caucasians in the East Midlands.
  • Prof. S.Agrawal (SGPGIMS, Lucknow, India): Genetic analyses of Heart Disease among North Indians
  • Dr H.K. Datta (Newcastle University, UK):, Genetic Analyses of Male Osteoporosis
  • Prof. R. Deka (UC Cincinnati, USA): Genomic variation among Indian populations

Featured publications

  • Mastana S, Gilmour A, Ghelani A, Smith H, Samanta A(2007). Association of PTPN22 with rheumatoid arthritis among South Asians in the UK. J Rheumatol. 34:1984-6
  • Singh PP, Singh M, Mastana SS (2006). APOE distribution in world populations with new data from India and the UK. Ann Hum Biol. 33:279-308.
  • Mastana SS, Murry B, Sachdeva MP, Das K, Young D, Das MK, Kalla AK(2007) Genetic variation of 13 STR loci in the four endogamous tribal populations of Eastern India. Forensic Sci Int. 169; 266-73.
  • Mastana S (2007) ''Molecular Anthropology: Population and Forensic Genetic Applications.'', The Anthropologist, 3:373-383,
  • Singh PP, Naz I, Gilmour A, Singh M, Mastana S (2006). Association of APOE (Hha1) and ACE (I/D) gene polymorphisms with type 2 diabetes mellitus in North West India. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 74:95-102
  • Sharda S, Gilmour A, Harris V, Singh VP, Sinha N, Tewari S, Ramesh V, Agrawal S, Mastana S (2008). Chemokine receptor 5 (CCR5) deletion polymorphism in North Indian patients with coronary artery disease. International Journal of Cardiology., 124: 254–258